Cue the intense musicDun dun dun dun. You start walking down a long hallway, surrounded by aquariums with swimming sharks. Dun dun dun dun dun. Two mammoth doors slide open, and you step onto a giant carpet. Dun dun dun. Now you’re faced with five real-life sharks. Dun dun! 

While kids might not make their Shark Tank debut while they’re still in elementary school, they can begin to design and create their very first products with the 3Doodler Start Product Design Set. I personally have been a 3Doodler fan ever since the company made its debut last year, making trendy 3-D printing more accessible to kids and adults than ever before.

The set comes with everything tiny entrepreneurs and budding engineers need to get them started in the exciting world of product design. Each set comes with a special edition 3Doodler Start 3D printing pen in a vibrant red color, an analogue watch face, themed DoodleBlocks, DoodleMolds, DoodleSheets, tons of plastic 3Doodler Start strands in various colors, and a charger for the 3-D pen. It also comes with an activity guide with more than 12 different inspo designs to get kids started, such as a watch, a clock, a phone speaker, wallets, picture frames, and more. There is nothing cooler than showing off a phone case you made all by yourself!

To begin, make sure your printing pen is all charged up, pick the plastic color strand you would like to begin with, and wait until the pen’s light turns green to begin drawing in 3-D. Press the button once to begin the flow of plastic, and then press it once more to stop. And, unlike other 3-D printing pens we’ve seen, this pen is designed with no hot parts, so you can touch the pen and the plastic without ever getting burned. Safety is always our priority!

The plastic also hardens quickly, so you don’t have to wait long to build additions to your design. This allows kids to—literally—draw in the air, which is one of the coolest things about this product. Kids will bring their ideas to life all in kinds of 3-D designs that they can personalize and design for themselves. The included accessories will help kids with their designs—or better yet, they can use their imaginations to create whatever their hearts desire.

And because there’s always more than meets the eye, kids will be learning cruicial STEM skills while they’re playing. It’s Stealthy STEM at its best, where kids are having fun and are learning without realizing it. This learning toy will help kids develop planning, building, and spacial understanding skills.

The 3Doodler Start Product Design Pen Set will inspire future entrepreneurs and kids with a creative side to design and invent their very first products. Shark Tank, here we come!

About the author

Maddie Michalik

Maddie Michalik

Maddie Michalik is the senior editor at the Toy Insider, where she reports on news, trends, and writes weekly product reviews. She travels to TV stations throughout the U.S. and Canada to show off her favorite products on TV! Maddie is also the editor-in-chief of leading trade magazine The Toy Book and weekly e-newsletter Toy Report, keeping the toy industry up to date with the latest happenings. Her love for consuming media is surpassed only by her love creating it, and she truly believes that the world would be a better place if everyone just played with a toy for 15 minutes a day. You can often find her rereading the Harry Potter series with a cup of coffee in her hand and patiently waiting for a The Lego Movie threequel to come out. For more of her antics, follow Maddie on Twitter and Instagram @MaddieMichalik.